Sugar Magnolia-> Sugaree, Walkin' Blues, Althea, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Candyman, Cassidy, Touch Of Gray China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Samson & Delilah, Ship of Fools, Iko Iko*-> Mona*-> Jam*-> Drums-> Jam-> The Wheel-> I Need A Miracle-> Wharf Rat-> Good Lovin', E: Knockin' On Heaven's Door
SBD> DAT> ZA2> Soundforge 4> CD Architect> CDR> EAC> shn; via Eric,
July 26, 2015 Subject:
End of an Era
It was only two months earlier when I last saw Uncle Bobo.
I introduced him to my Mom and Brother up on the Mt. @ Squaw
on his dirt bike and he was very nice and gracious stopped for a minute to chat when we were hiking down. Heavy somber mood not only with Bill's ( and Melissa and Steve's ) tragic passing but the Oakland hills fire on 10/20/91. Several folks I knew lost evo including ttickets... The boys did come through, we didn't know it at the time but 10/31/91 would be the last shows us westsiders would see with Bruce. Speaking of BH ( take a listen to what he does in Sugar Mags ) after " take me and I wander ' round " the band does a couple of rounds before Bruce takes the Rogers Hornsby bust ( Old time HOF baseball player- no relation to BH) that he kept on his piano and chucks it into the crowd then completely pounded the living daylights outta the ivories esp w the left hand! I also remember him standing up for his funky Korg M1 piece during Mona ( what a treat ) great run of shows 10/30/91 pre drums was good but the rest kinda meh.
10/28 was killer I tthought.. Esp liked the jam outta Playin ( sans Jerry) everyone
Which was too bad he split from that. Everyone mentions 10/28 for the B.G.P opener but I swear Billy and Mick recreated a helicopter crash into high tension wires during rhythm devils!
( listen for yourself)
The only thing I can say about 10/31/91 was its was the closest thing to an acid test they did since 65! " Buffalo Bill is DEFUNCT!
RIP Bill Graham Jerry Garcia Ken Kesey and Vinny W.
January 16, 2015 Subject:
Check out the alternate SBD for a better transfer (C.Ladner)
First of all, not sure why everyone goes for this source. The SBD transferred by C.Ladner is far superior in every way. Don't take my word for it, listen for yourself and be the judge.
As for this show, you can really hear the boys consciously playing their hearts out on this one. Very emotionally charged performance. Everything is very very excellently, thoughtfully, emotionally played. This has to be one of the best 2 or 3 shows from '91.
December 17, 2013 Subject:
moving with a pinch of grace~~
Sound is on point and so is the show..Listen to the Althea Jerry is clear and on point with it..In the 2nd set The China>Rider sets the pace for an interesting set. I've always been a QSMS fan and so I really like this Mona..Bone chillin'!! Carlos doesn't over do it but is an equal part in the playing. This voyage in exploration takes you places..please give it a whirl>Forever Grateful>Forever Dead!!!!
October 28, 2012 Subject:
Emotional is indeed the word here to describe this show; there is a voodoo to a great many of these songs in terms of their placement and interpretation - Sugar Magnolia to open, a just-ironic-enough Touch of Grey to close the first set. The Knockin' encore (switched to an AUD here).
2nd set is top notch; Gary Duncan's play is much more prominent than Santana's in the extended Mona-jam, which evokes some great multi-dueling-guitar moments ala 2/11/70. But don''t let that jammy jam overwhelm you - the China Cat > Rider, SAMSON, and Miracle are exciting beyond all hell.
Excellent - 10/31/91 is a great companion piece to this show, if you're interested in what is perhaps the best of this particular run.
October 21, 2011 Subject:
doesn't anyone else notice this?
September 8, 2010 Subject:
How the hell did I miss this one! Top Notch!
December 26, 2009 Subject:
bobby on SM
magical, bill/mickey are tight tonight
April 25, 2008 Subject:
This show is special for many reasons, mainly the death of Bill Graham just a few days earlier. However for me, its the jamming by Mr. Duncan........PLEASE listen to his Eastern- influenced jams during Iko>Mona>Jam. If you listen carefully you'll notice both Jerry and Carlos completely let him go off on 2 occasions. I was never a big fan of QSMS, but holy criminy is he the shit!
January 17, 2008 Subject:
wow wat a-trip
November 22, 2007 Subject:
I listened to this show and I loved it. The energy was high and the play was tight. I felt good and sad at the same time. I think that the death of Bill Graham and Brent were eventually part of the demise. BG was such a vital part of who the The Dead were. At any rate I loved this show and Iam Grateful for many things today as it is Thanksgiving. Iam grateful for this site and the music of the Grateful Dead and how it still touches and inspires my life on a daily basis. Thank you...:)
October 29, 2007 Subject:
I remember hearing that they opened this show with Sugar Mag and then played the rest of the week and endend their show at the Bill Graham tribute with Sunshine Daydream as a week long tribute to Bill. Pretty cool
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt
October 28, 2007 Subject:
This One For "The Captain" With Determination
This one is for Bill done with respect and conviction. The boys are determined to play unerringly, and they succeed with all elan'.
Yet, they are not so somber as what would wont evening sorrow, no, they shall not give themselves over to grief, but to ecstasy. As a result of such conviction, this is a show that is great from the get-go to the last breath.
By my recollection, the only time Bill Graham ever called a rock and roll band, "The Greatest Rock and Roll Band of all time" and "They're the greatest band that there ever was" was when he said that about our Grateful Dead back in 1974, during the filming of the Movie, and again, in 1978 during the Closing of Winterland. Perhaps these were two very significant times for the expression of personal connection 'tween the Boys and Bill. And he did say it best. "They're the greatest band there ever was."
This show says that.
There is no Sunshine Daydream! I can't recall, did anyone else notice?
There is no ending. There is only a new
Start right now.
If you listen carefully to the stage banter, you will hear the band joking with each other and having a really good time of yukking it up, admittedly for Bill. It was their way of handling the pain.
SugMag>Sugaree, Walkin, Althea, Masterpiece, Candy, a cascading Cassidy and Touch are all well-played, determinedly well-played, for Bill. You can hear it in every song. This is one of the most flawless first sets that I have heard from this era. And, save for the over-enthused caused clam on the final crescendo of Touch's final chorus, I will bet the second set is not a comedown!
And, of course, it isn't. All of it superb and casting into Ship of Fools. Bill Graham was the captain, and the champion for the Grateful Dead.
And here we're are all once again. New Cycle. And...
New beginning's made alive! For right now, listening to this, and simultaneously realizing that it was later than I thought when I first believed you. Now i cannot share your laughter."
"Oh, ye, of little faith."
"The mustard seed planted will grow. If you could but believe the size of a mustard seed, it would produce a tree whose roots would move mountains."
The additions of guest musicians makes for some interesting moments. Iko has the most wickedly and nasty Jerry solo, evil as much as uplifting, for...it would all resolve....into...Mona!
Oh, my Jerry G.! He was for the first and only time decidedly louder in the mix. He just takes over like King Kong stomping through the village.
"This is for you, Bill. Thanks."
And all the rest, all of the second set: great ~ right down to the last drop of that kool-aid.
Every square inch of this performance and recording is magnificent.
I must go down on record as this show being reckoned as one of the greatest shows they ever played.
There exists one final question: Is there video?"
July 3, 2007 Subject:
Hornsby + Jerry = Sweet
I toured a lot in '91 and some of my fav shows in a great year. Was not @ this show, but a goodun', mostly for the quality. Yes, Cassidy, Candyman & Sampson in the same night!
November 7, 2006 Subject:
Enormous respect and thanks for this provision
yes yes! ecstatic to find this show...i was fortunate to attend this show and my 'liquid' soul remembers it as being extraordianrily energetic...I used to own a soundboard copy on cassette but loaned it out and it never returned -
in the spring of '97, while living in Stockholm, Sweden, my mother passed away...upon hearing the news, I needless to say wept profusely; heart racing and tears flowing I proceeded to vent by throwing open my downtown apartment windows and playing set II as loud as I could! the four guitars on Iko>Mona could have gone on forever if I had my way...such a warm and loving show, but with teeth at the same time
surely this show holds a special heartfelt place for many people and fans alike...and I am truly grateful to all those who care enough and have the know how to make this reunion possible...my ears and heart have not heard it for years now. all good things in all good time
thank you very kindly,
November 6, 2006 Subject:
Waited in line for this show for a period of time. stood about three people back from the rail in front of Phil. after Carlos' first lead in the second set i was sure a snake was going to come out of something. That guy is charming sometimes...
September 29, 2006 Subject:
Shows like these...
It's shows like these that confirm why we loved and love the Dead.
They're playing with anger -- passion -- LOVE...
Sounds like some of the tunes they pumped out after they were busted long before ---
Bobby actually is freekin fired up...
We loved you Uncle Bill --- respect
September 28, 2006 Subject:
Fantastic, especially under the circumstances. great first set with a whopper of an Althea. My fav of all time. Second set has to be heard. I can't do it justice.
Pure genius. Obviously night 4 is a must as well.
Revise: with halloween a month away i thought I'd throw this in again and man I'm still in awe. How this is not a five star gig in some people's eyes is a mystery. Genius, pure and simple. I'm going back and doing Iko>mona all over again. it's that good.
September 27, 2006 Subject:
Althea for the Ages
Something about this tune, whether it's Garcia telling you to settle down or that he was born to be a batchelor, when done right it's blistering. 79-81 Althea was real laid back. 93-95 it was a little fast, with Garcia lucky to remember half the tune. This is the year, this is the night! Best Althea of the decade!
May 20, 2006 Subject:
One the best shows I ever saw!
1991 was a really good year. Sadly, we lost Bill. I remember lots of folks back in 80s and 90s used to talk down about Bill because of increases in ticket prices, more and more restrictions on the scene in the parking lots and a bunch of other stuff like his very pro-business orientation. However, the truth is that without Bill, much of what went on with entire SF scene and the Airplane, Santana and especially the Dead would never have happened. So, it was only fitting the boys sent Bill out in style with these shows. I'll never forget a moment of any of them. The show in the Park that capped this run was incredibly full of emotion: both joy and sadness. This first show was a great, great show. One thing I haven't seen in the reviews is any mention of Gary Duncan coming out to play! He's incredible during Mona, simply taking us back in time to the Fillmore. Santana came out too. It was such a great night. Opening with Bill's fave and then ripping out the Sunshine Daydream in the Park on a beautiful sunny day. Thanks so much for posting this show.
May 12, 2006 Subject:
need a hard copy -anyone?
One of my all-time favorites, yep, right there in '91. Highly recommend this one, it also has historic value...
Althea, Touch of Grey... ahhh yes, I love this band.
Sometimes it just comes together -I think this is one of those nights. What a great way to honor Bill Graham and play a Dead show.
Both sets are excellent -one of those shows you have to play from start to finish.
Well it's happened, the old tape has finally worn out. Unfortunately, I didn't discover this show on archive until after the downloads stopped.
So... if anyone has a hard copy on discs (shn or Flac) available I would love to trade or whatever... I have been waiting for a good copy of this one for a decade or more.. please help.
January 11, 2006 Subject:
Great, Fantastic Show
Nice recording, inspired performance...what else can you say? Ship of Fools is one for the ages.
October 21, 2005 Subject:
Lost Friends ...
These shows saw the "Boys" rise to the occasion if not still a little stunned . They mourned for a friend with an emotionally charged heart~felt show...the powerful driving & compact Althea just soars. The sweet entrance of SugarMags into Sugaree , the first set has the respect and feel of wakeful remembrance all throughout , each song played as a tribute piece for Bill ..and then for all our own mortalities. Like the celebration of death thru life , this show shows restraint as it builds into hot jams that are completely filled with that soulful "dream~essence" of each man's heart playin' that stage that night . This is who we are ... this is what we do ... and tonight we did come together to do it our ever~lovin' best !
And sweetly did they play...my oh my~oh , did they come to play.
Attention! ... Attention !!----->5 Stars for this very powerful show , that beautiful mix of the rockinest *sweetest* with the bittersweet...a beauty and
a "don't miss" !! ~*~
PS: Love your reviews , skippy and all...
hello from the great green planet Earth---> *ET* ;-)
October 1, 2005 Subject:
Check out 1991!
I 'wrote off' the Dead with Vince on 'boards, but just gave them another try and am glad I did. He definitely has the chops, and gives a jaunty feel to the music.
September 21, 2005 Subject:
after such a loss
Guess the curse of Blowin the BIG ones didn't happen this night. After losing Bill the boys went out and blazed a trail across the heavens in tribute and celebration of an extraordinary man. Man what a show i cant praise it enough. its now on the top of my favs list. D/L this and you'll see and *MaSterpiece* in my opinion that alone is worth the
D/L and your time. Man what a show!!!
August 3, 2005 Subject:
wow i owned this tape along time ago and spun it til it almost wore out.i only had th e 2nd set though.i remembered the date today while i was driving and here it is.thanks guys.
July 14, 2005 Subject:
5 star Dead
Indeed the China>Rider is masterful, as is the Althea, Touch, and pretty much the whole show. The energy is thru the roof. This is some of the best of 1991 easily.
July 13, 2005 Subject:
Masterful china>rider. The iko and mona is one of the best ever with Carlos Santana and Gary Duncan. This is a ripping and dreamy jam.
March 23, 2005 Subject:
In honor of Bill
No one knew what to expect after the shocking events just 48 hours earlier. So the boys ultimately did exactly the right show, from the Sugar Mags Opener to the Blistering Althea, and all the way through the 2nd set with the wonderful guest Jams. They rose to the occasion and rocked the house in a celebration of his life, as he would have probably wanted it.
February 18, 2005 Subject:
Bill had passed only days before. We knew we were in for something special. Sugar Mag opener of course, (the SSDD closed the Dead's set at the official memorial about a week later) and we all cried. TOG "we will survive" another touching moment to end the 1st set. Awesome Iko jam into Mona...listen for Jerry starting to sing "Hey Bo Diddley" b4 Bobby takes the lyrics. Sidenote:the 6-cd jerry retrospective has a studio jam version of Bo Diddley. Duncan and Santana tore up the jam as Jerry was ever the gracious musician and laid back. Heaven's Door closed what was likely one of the most emotionally-charged shows in the band's history. Get it.
December 12, 2004 Subject:
Where is your blue eyed son, now?
Fire on the mountain and a helicopter crash in the rain. That was one weird time. Thank you for posting this show, I have been looking for it for a long, long time.
July 8, 2004 Subject:
Mickey Hart nearly kicked over his drum kit during the jam of the Sugar Mags opener - was literally kicking his drums in an emotionally charged performance. I gather he was especially close to Bill Graham and understand the Dead chose to open this show with Sugar Mags b/c it was Bill's favorite. Then there was not a dry eye in the Coliseum during the appropriate and touching Knockin' encore. Great memories of a great show and BGP era. Thank you Bill.
June 4, 2004 Subject:
Great Show! Bill Graham had died a day or so before, and the stage had wreaths on it - David Graham spoke to the crowd after Set I. Santana and Gary Duncan on Aiko and Mona. Sunshine Daydream played a week later at Golden Gate Park.
May 19, 2004 Subject:
What a great show! Especialy the Aiko Aiko>>Mona.. Thanks to whom ever posted this one!!!